26 Oct What is an Outpatient Treatment Program?
When you are deciding on a drug and alcohol treatment center, you may be asking yourself if you need inpatient or outpatient care. This is a good question. If you call a treatment center that only offers 30 day inpatient care, you may hear that an outpatient program is not right for you. If you call an outpatient treatment center, they may tell you that outpatient treatment works for everyone. I can tell you that not every program works for every person. There are many addicts that go to a 30 day inpatient program and go back to using drugs as soon as they are out. Others do better in outpatient programs or vice versa. It is important to understand how an outpatient program works.
When a person attends an outpatient program, they have access to their family, friends, work, and education and so on. You basically don’t have to stop your life in order to attend a treatment program. This is both good and bad. If you are addicted to a drug such as heroin, you may need a 30 day inpatient program because you need to get away from the people that have been enabling your addiction all along. This may include: drug dealers, parents that give you money for drugs, friends that are also using heroin and so forth.
Since most outpatient programs offer a night schedule, it is easy to go to meetings after you get out of work. This offers you some privacy and the ability to meet with people that want to speak with you.
An outpatient program cannot give you safety or a secure environment since you are on your own most of the time. You often have to show up for drug testing, therapy or some other function of care. Outpatient programs often provide the addict and their families with group meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous to help in recovery.
Outpatient programs may cost as little as $5,000. Most 30 day inpatient programs can cost as much as $30,000. For some families with no health insurance or cash to pay for a 30 day treatment model, outpatient is often a good choice. Most outpatient treatment centers have meetings on the weekends as well.
Outpatient programs help addicts to get their life back on track again. When you are with a drug counselor, they often inform you of what you must learn about yourself. It is important to understand why you are taking drugs to begin with. Once you go through your individual and group therapy, you will understand yourself a lot better. You will learn to understand what you need in life to keep yourself sober. In many outpatient pogroms, your parents can go to some groups with you. They can go in order to understand why they may in fact be involved in your addiction as well. Many parents have to overcome their enabling habits as well.